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Prime Minister Stephen Harper talks with Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott as they make their way to the Family Photo and Gala Dinner during the APEC summit in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia on Monday, October 7, 2013.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper talks with Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott as they make their way to the Family Photo and Gala Dinner during the APEC summit in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia on Monday, October 7, 2013.
(Sean Kilpatrick/Canadian Press)

In pulling out of Commonwealth meeting, Harper stands alone

Stephen Harper has not only pulled out of the Commonwealth summit, he’s threatening to pull funding from the organization. It’s a symbolic blast at Sri Lanka, and at some old friends.

Mr. Harper, at the APEC conference in Indonesia, confirmed something that he’s been hinting for two years: that he will not attend the Commonwealth leaders’ summit next month to protest the human-rights record of host Sri Lanka. He’s the only Commonwealth leader planning to skip it.